A close one – at puck drop

Colorado down by 5 a mere 9 min­utes in

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Cham­bers

mon­treal» With­out the ben­e­fit of a power play or in­jured lead­ing scorer Alex Galchenyuk and re­quir­ing just two saves by all-world goalie Carey Price, the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens jumped to a 5-0 lead over the Avalanche on Satur­day at the Bell Cen­tre — JUST 8:41 INTO THE GAME.

Move aside, em­bar­rass­ing. This was slow tor­ture in a 10-1 beat­down by the Habs.

In a “Hockey Night in Canada” tele­cast in which former Colorado ex­ec­u­tive and coach Pa­trick Roy was prob­a­bly watch­ing — and laugh­ing? — in his home prov­ince of Que­bec, it got worse and worse for the Avalanche in per­haps the most piti­ful pe­riod and game in fran­chise his­tory. The Cana­di­ens scored the game’s first six goals, led 6-1 af­ter the first pe­riod and 9-1 af­ter the sec­ond in the dis­ap­point­ing 1,500th ca­reer reg­u­lar-sea­son game for Avs for­ward Jarome Iginla, who was es­corted off the ice late in the game af­ter tak­ing rough­ing and un­sports­man­like con­duct mi­nors.

Cana­di­ens cap­tain Max Pa­cioretty had four goals and To­mas Plekanec con­trib­uted four as­sists.

“One of the rougher games in the 1,500 (club),” Iginla said. “But those hap­pen and that’s sport. It felt good to go out and play it. Guys and fam­ily were sup­port­ive, and it was cool to do it here — but not the re­sult (I

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